On a Wednesday evening, eight of our staff members dared to go where a bunch of hungry, drunk people have probably already gone before – we ate a big helping of fries at four restaurants across town in search of the very best. Two of these are local to campus (Annie’s Parlour and Five Guys), one is in Northeast (Anchor Fish & Chips), and one is in Uptown (Muddy Waters), all known for having good fries. Cut, texture, “mouth feel”, flavor, portion size, seasoning, and dips all went into our analysis of each bite.
Meet the team of fry samplers:
Kate Doyle, Creative Director
Abby Richardson, Managing Editor
Alex Van Abbema, Editor-in-Chief
Emma Klingler, Voices Editor
Erik Newland, Cities Editor
Carson Kaskel, Online Editor
Kellen Renstrom, Designer
Holly Wilson, Social Media Manager
Annie’s Parlour 313 14th Ave SE
KD (Kate Doyle): I feel like they’re very moist. Like, so moist.
AR (Abby Richardson): You’re really getting what you pay for here with serving size.
AV (Alex Van Abbema): Not very much flavor.
AR: These would taste really good dipped in a malt.
KD: They pair really well with sweet.
Only dip offered was ketchup. One half order: $3.95
Average rating: 7.125/10
Five Guys 1413 4th St SE
EK (Emma Klingler): Wow. A lot of seasoning.
EN (Erik Newland): I can like, chew the seasoning.
KD: Oh, it’s so spicy.
CK (Carson Kaskel): Very poignant and sharp.
AR: It’s like, sitting in the back of my throat.
KR (Kellen Renstrom): They have a really good texture.
KD: I would say too soft. There’s no satisfying crunch.
KR: My insides are Cajun now.
HW (Holly Wilson): These are drunk fries.
Only dip offered was ketchup. One regular order: $4.19
Average rating: 3.5/10
Anchor Fish & Chips 302 13th Ave NE
KD: It tastes buttery almost. They’re not the standard cut, either.
EN: I rate them a 9 for mouth feel.
HW: Imagine these with fish and tartar sauce.
CK: They kind of melt in your mouth.
HW: I feel like they use a yellow potato.
KR: A full-bodied fry.
AV: This was a truly magical experience.
No dips, but typically served with tartar sauce for .50 cents extra. One large side order: $5.25
Average rating: 9.75/10
Muddy Waters 2933 Lyndale Ave S
AR: They’re better with the dip, I think. It’s an aioli.
EN: That is a very crunchy, salty fry. Flaky, I’d say.
KR: Delicious. I think the seasoning itself is the best seasoning of any fry.
EK: These are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle like Annie’s, but they mesh better.
CK: Very smooth chew.
HW: Good portion size.
EN: This is a different kind of fry. This is a fry that stands alone.
AV: I’m about to pass out.
Served with ketchup and herbed aioli. One side order: $4.50
Average rating: 8.625/10